Artist’s impression of the disc around the young star T Cha

This artist’s impression shows the disc around the young star T Cha. Using ESO’s Very Large Telescope this disc has been found to be in two parts, a narrow ring close to the star and the remainder of the disc material much further out. A companion object, seen in the foreground, has been detected in the gap in the disc that may be either a brown dwarf or a large planet. The inner dust disc is lost in the glare of the star on this picture.

Credit:

ESO/L. Calçada

About the Image

Id:eso1106a
Type:Artwork
Release date:24 February 2011, 12:00
Related releases:eso1106
Size:4000 x 3000 px

About the Object

Name:T Cha
Type:• Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Disk : Protoplanetary
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Distance:350 light years

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